Factors affecting innovation and imitation of ICT in the agrifood sector

Nikolaos Petridis, Georgios Digkas, Leonidas Anastasakis

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Diffusion of innovations has gained a lot of attention and concerns different scientific fields. Many studies, which examine the determining factors of technological innovations in the agricultural and agrifood sector, have been conducted using the widely used Technology Accepted Model, for a random sample of farmers or firms engaged in agricultural sector. In the present study, a holistic examination of the determining factors that affect the propensity of firms to innovate or imitate, is conducted. The diffusion of ICT tools of firms which are engaged in the NACE 02/03 as well as in the NACE 10/11 classifications for 49 heterogeneous national markets is examined, using the Bass model. The innovation parameter is positively associated with rural income, female employment, export activity and education of farmers, while the imitation parameter is increased in countries whose societies are characterized by uncertainty avoidance.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)501–514
Number of pages14
JournalAnnals of Operations Research
Early online date9 Jun 2018
Publication statusPublished - Nov 2020

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Funding: H2020 European Institute of Innovation and Technology, Grant number 688813.


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